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Chris Weidman wins Fighter of the Year award

UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman arrives at the

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Long Island's Chris Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, added one more piece of hardware to his new home in Dix Hills.

After beating Anderson Silva twice in less than six months in 2013 -- Silva had never lost in the UFC before that -- Weidman was named the Fighter of the Year at the sixth annual World MMA Awards in Las Vegas last Friday.

Weidman beat out Vitor Belfort,...

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Long Island's Aljamain Sterling signs with UFC

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling now has a contract with the UFC and will fight Lucas Martins at UFC 170 in Las Vegas on Feb. 22. The fight was agreed to by both participants, but the bout agreements had not yet been signed and received, a UFC official said Tuesday night.

Martins (13-1) has won two straight, including a first round submission of Junior Hernandez last September.

The timing...

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New York fighter portrait project

Portrait of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, from

(Credit: Photo by Rick Wenner)

I came across a pretty cool portrait photo of UFC middleweight Costas Philippou over the weekend by Rick Wenner. Turns out there's more to it than just a nice photo. It's part of a series of portraits done by Wenner, who wanted to show his support for legalizing mixed martial arts in New York.  "My concept was to photograph as many MMA fighters and show a different side of who these people...

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UFC 170 should get Olympic marketing bump

Ronda Rousey , right, from the United States

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The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels. But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate at UFC 168...

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Gian Villante's next UFC fight in Brazil

Gian Villante argues with the referee after a

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Gian Villante had been itching to fight in the octagon again. Sparring with the likes of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and 10th-ranked middleweight Costas Philippou for the past six weeks is nice and all, but that's just training. The Levittown-raised Villante will do the same over the next eight weeks but with a different end goal. He'll be the one fighting in the cage against light...

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Fun food quotes from Costas Philippou

UFC fighter Costa Philippou prepares to spar

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Costas Philippou associates most things in life with food. Tired during a workout when there's no fight to train for? Take a break and eat something. A fun night with friends? Hey, where's the food? Celebrating an accomplishment? Let's eat! That's all well and good . . . except when he's training for a fight and it's the holiday season and he needs to drop to 186 pounds by Jan. 14. “People don’t...

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What happened to the UFC light heavyweight division?

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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The second biggest weight class in the UFC is looking mighty thin these days. Once the most glamorous division in the world's most prominent mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC's light heavyweight division lacks depth. Part of that can be attributed to the normal ebb and flow of fighters (and sports in general), as well as the expansion of other weight classes. Also, don't underestimate the dominance...

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LI's Dennis Bermudez books next fight at UFC 171

Dennis Bermudez flips to celebrate his tap-out win

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Dennis Bermudez, who trains at both Long Island MMA in Farmingdale and Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, has his next fight booked: UFC 171 in Dallas against Jimy Hettes on March 15. UFC officials announced the fight booking Monday night. Bermudez, a featherweight, is on a five-fight winning streak since losing to Diego Brandao in the final on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Four of those...

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UFC Fight Pass debuts this weekend

SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 06: Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine, UFC

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A few hours before the start of UFC 168 in Las Vegas, the UFC unveiled its new digital subscription called "UFC Fight Pass." It's had its share of commentary in social media (as does just about everything does). If you haven't paid much attention to what Fight Pass is all about, here are some bulletpoints ahead of this Saturday's debut in Singapore. -- It will cost $10 per month, beginning...

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Big ratings for UFC 168 prelims

Michael Johnson, left, punches Gleison Tibau during their

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Billed as the biggest fight in UFC history (as many pay-per-view events often are), UFC 168 brought in a gate of $6.2 million, the promotion's third biggest ever. But, have a look at the ratings for the UFC 168 prelims which aired on Fox Sports 1 -- an average of 1,554,000 viewers for the two-hour block of 8-10 p.m ET on Saturday, Dec. 28. That's the fifth biggest draw on Fox Sports 1 launched...

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